Bill Murphy to pave new roads to biomanufacturing progress

August 15, 2018 | By Jordana Lenon

Beginning this fall, Bill Murphy, Ph.D., Harvey D. Spangler professor of biomedical engineering and professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation, joins a new state biomanufacturing initiative to advance stem cell, regenerative medicine and other research technologies on campus and beyond. Forward BIO Initiative aims to support innovation and workforce development to create groundbreaking technologies such as new cells, tissues, pharmaceuticals and therapeutic medical devices.

With this exciting new direction, Murphy remains a faculty member with UW-Madison’s College of Engineering and School of Medicine and Public Health but steps down as co-director of the SCRMC. Tim Kamp, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine in the School of Medicine and Public Health, continues as SCRMC director.

“Bill is a dynamic scientist and innovator always looking to expand UW-Madison’s impact in biotechnology and particularly stem cells and regenerative medicine applications,” says Kamp. “While we’ll tremendously miss Bill’s leadership in the SCRMC, we’re certainly excited to continue working with him through his many collaborations.”

“I would like to thank our campus community for allowing me to serve as SCRMC Co-Director for the past five years,” says Murphy. “The center has become a shining example of the type of positive impact cross-campus centers can have at UW Madison and I am truly grateful to have been a small part of its establishment and growth. The center has always been about collegiality and interdisciplinary collaboration, and I enthusiastically look forward to continuing to participate in such endeavors with the SCRMC community.”